Creatures of the Bay Programs

Meet some wildlife from the bay up close and learn about how a crab shanty works through our interactive Crab Shanty exhibit.  Creatures may include blue crabs, oyster toads, spider crabs, horseshoe crabs, and oysters.  Free with museum admission.  This program is funded in part by a grant from the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Council.  Throughout July:  Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:30 am.

Ward Brothers Workshop Open

The Ward Brothers Workshop will be open to the public on the following days, from 10:30 am to 2 pm.  Admission is free.  July 7 and 21;  August 11 and 18; Sept. 3 and 15; October 6 and 20.

Dip Net Making Demonstration

Thursday, July 12 at 11:30 am.  Dip nets are an essential waterman’s tool and the skill of creating the nets has been passed down through generations of Crisfielders.  See how it is done.  Program is free with museum admission.  Made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities.

Crab Pot Making Demonstration

Friday, July 13 at 11:30 am.  Join a professional crab pot maker to see how this traditional waterman’s tool of the trade is constructed.  Program is free with admission to the J. Millard Tawes Museum.  Made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities.

Customs House Public Meeting

Wednesday, July 25 at 5 pm at the Crisfield branch of the Somerset County Library.  Learn more about the work that has been taking place at the Customs House and share your input about the building’s future.  Steven Blashfield of Glave & Homes Architecture will facilitate.

Crab Derby T-Shirt Sale

Don’t miss the chance to get your annual Crab Derby t-shirt!  Sales will begin in late August.  Follow Crisfield Heritage Foundation’s Facebook page to get updates on sale dates and the 2018 design.


Explore the Elizabethan Heritage of the Chesapeake Islands on Sept. 16 during Shakespeare on the Chesapeake!

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Read the full press release here.

Family Frames, a documentary film by Dr. Jana Kopelent Rehak.  Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 pm at the J. Millard Tawes Museum. Reading old family photographs with islanders, as these are archived in albums, boxes or bags, opens doors into a shared past and present on Smith Island. Old island photos hold memories that unlock individual and social memories. When islanders read their family photographs, they identify kinship ties first and comment on the land, houses, or activities in the photos. By the references to these points, Smith Islanders tell the story of the history of the island. Dr. Jana Kopelent Rehak will present the documentary, educating the general public about Smith Island’s unique heritage, history and traditions.  Presented courtesy of Somerset County Library.

Is Smith Island English Shakespeare’s English?  A lecture by Professor Natalie Schilling of Georgetown University.  Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 pm at the J. Millard Tawes Museum.  Popular belief holds that the distinctive accent and dialect of Smith and Tangier Islands is descended from Elizabethan English.  Does research support this colorful history?  Professor of Linguistics Natalie Schilling will describe the findings of her years-long research on the speech of Smith Islanders.  Program is free to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  This program is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

Island Speakers Panel, Saturday, Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 pm at the J. Millard Tawes Museum.    After hearing a the lecture by Professor Natalie Schilling on the relationship between the speech of Smith Island and that of Shakespeare’s time, explore the living language of the coastal Chesapeake islands at the Island Speaker’s Panel.  Native residents of Smith and Tangier Islands will discuss their memories and experiences of their distinctive speech during this informal presentation.  Former Executive Director of the Smith Island Cultural Center and Smith Island native, Sherri Marsh Johns will facilitate.  Program is free to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  This program is supported by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Sunday, September 16, 7:30 pm.  Enjoy an outdoors performance of Shakespeare’s comedy As You Like It at Somers Cove Marina.  The Forest of Arden comes alive in Brown Box Theatre Project’s 8th Annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare tour. When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire, and serendipity unite to form a tangled web of identity and love that could only be possible in this pastoral haven, where gender roles, politics, and expectations are turned upside-down.  As You Like It will transport audiences into the heart of one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies in a can’t-miss multi-state tour.  The performance is free to the public.  Read the press release here.


Dock Day 2018

Saturday, September 29, 11 am to 3 pm.  Join us for a waterfront festival celebrating the history and fishing culture of the Chesapeake.  Highlights include in-water boats, great local food, children’s activities, educational demonstrations and live music.  Admission is free.



Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 27  Bring the power of an international day devoted to charitable giving to your local community.  After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s Giving Tuesday!  Your donation to Crisfield Heritage Foundation will help support historic preservation and public education efforts.